What Does Cyka Blyat Mean & Should You Say it To Russians?

By Ari Helderman
October 26, 2022

Summary: cyka blyat (сука блять) literally means “bitch slut”. But most Russians use it the English use “fuck”, “damn” or “shit”. It is extremely rude to say. As a foreigner you will likely get negative reactions, so don’t say it to Russians – especially if you’re learning Russian. They appreciate it a lot more if you know how to say “thank you” than “cyka blyat”.

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Whenever you hear a Russian person say “cyka blyat”, chances are the following scene comes to mind:

Of course, Russia isn’t like that. But cyka blyat (сука блять) is still one of the most known phrases that people know in Russian. Learn below what it means, how to pronounce it – and if it’s actually a good idea to say it to Russians?

Cyka Blyat meaning/literal translation

Whenever you hear a Russian scream cyka blyat, he’s saying the English equivalent of:

  • Damn
  • Fuck
  • Shit

It’s a very rude phrase, and Russians don’t say it in polite conversation. From the Russians that I’ve spoken with, I’d say it’s ruder than any of the 3 meanings written above in English. 

Percentage-wise, more Russians would never say these words, than English speakers would say the word ‘fuck’. 

It literally means Bitch Slut. 

It’s interesting that Russians use Cyka or Blyat on their own to describe people they don’t like. But when you put both words together, you can no longer use them to describe a specific person.

It has become a quick phrase Russians say whenever they feel frustration.

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How to write it in Russian: сука блять

The reason why the entire English speaking world thinks Cyka blyat is written like this is that the word Cyka uses in Russian letters that are also in the English alphabet:

cyka (English alphabet) – сука (Cyrillic alphabet)

Blyat on the other hand, you write completely different:

Blyat (English) – блять

In Russian, блять is usually spoken a bit different than how English people say it. As it ends in a soft sign (ь). this is a letter that is not pronounced. The function of this letter is to soften the letter that comes before it. So if you want to correctly say Cyka Blyat, you should try to soften the ‘t’ at the end of blyat.

Example phrase with cyka blyat

Basically, you can insert these searing words in almost every sentence. If you can add ‘fuck’ in the English translation, you can add cyka blyat to the Russian version.

Сука блядь, иди сюда! (Cuka blyat, idi syuda!) – Fuck, come here!

So mainly, the words are being used to express disappointment, frustration, or anger. Otherwise, it doesn’t make sense to say them in a Russian phrase.

Should you use this phrase?

I’m going to give it straight to you. No. You shouldn’t use this prase. there are exceptions, but if you’re non-Russian, and you say this to Russians, they’re not going to appreciate it.


Because everyone already says this. It’s so overused, and Russians have become tired of foreigners saying this to them.

You might think you’re clever and showing that you know some Russian slang. But they’ve heard this 1000 times before.

Compare it to a foreigner saying ‘see you later alligator’ to you. Yeah, it may sound a bit funny. But you’ve heard this 1000 times before. It makes the person saying it look pretty ignorant, and it’s just not flattering to say.

There are 1000 times better ways to make a cool impression on Russian people. Cyka blyat is the worst thing you can say.

Even if you’re speaking Russian, it’s better to not swear at all in Russian. Why? Because it sounds very inauthentic. Your level of Russian needs to be really good. Otherwise, it just looks as if you’re trying to get attention.

Better learn how to say basic words. Russians appreciate that a lot more.

Not long ago I asked Russians which words they hated most when foreigners say. This was the top 2 what they said:

  • cyka blyat
  • balalaika

Other Russian mat

Here’s some other Russian swear words (Russian mat), that is interesting to know:

  • idi na huy
  • Yob tvoyu mat

Best Cyka Blyat Shirts

with all that said, you might want to get a t-shirt with cyka blyat written on it. If so, I recommend you get one that has the Cyrillic letters on it.

Here are some t-shirts with cool designs.

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What should you do next?

Learning Russian does NOT need to be difficult. All you need is a solid plan that helps you improve the following things daily:

  • vocabulary
  • grammar
  • listening skills
  • speaking skills

That's ALL you need. If you can do this for a couple of weeks, you’ll already be making great progress in your Russian skills.

And the best part? If you improve a little bit every day, soon these practices will become daily habits.

And then you will start making progress on autopilot.

This means that learning Russian is now a part of your daily routine. So you won’t even need discipline anymore to get yourself to practice.

If you like the idea of this, but don’t know where to start, go here for more information.

About the Author

My name is Ari Helderman and I help people learn Russian through videos and blog posts where I share my experience.   I have been learning Russian since 2016. I often get mistaken for a native speaker these days, so I've learned a thing or two about what works and what doesn't if you want to speak Russian well.

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